Coleman won't make America trip with Ireland

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While Aiden McGeady is making full use of Ireland's close-season friendlies to get a head start on pre-season and build fitness before the new Premier League season, Seamus Coleman will not be taking part in his country's upcoming matches in the United States.

Coleman was virtually ever-present for Everton this past season and although he played in the goalless draw with Italy at Craven Cottage last week, it has been agreed that he will now take a break and not take part against Costa Rica and Portugal.

McGeady, on the other hand, hasn't played regular football since the end of the Russian league season in November and was used sporadically by Roberto Martinez following his arrival with the Blues from Spartak Moscow in January due to that relative inactivity.

He says that he wants to keep himself "in good shape and come back to hit the ground running in pre-season.

"I spoke to the manager before we left and I said I wanted to carry on through the summer," the winger continues. "I had a break at Christmas and he said I still need to give myself a rest from playing and running for a couple of weeks."

McGeady's goal now is to get himself into peak physical condition so that he can be a 90-minute player for Everton next term.

"In a lot of games I was coming on for five, 10 or 15 minutes and I started the odd one here and there," he explains.

"It's getting into that rhythm of playing 90 minutes every week and getting up to the tempo of the Premier League.

"Hopefully that's what I'll do next season. The aim for me is to be in the starting XI in the first game."

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